Play Video Games: Strange Ways to Make Money

If your lifelong ambition is to play video games for a living, there are ways to do that. Even if you don’t make enough to pay all of your bills, your video game habit can still generate a little extra spending money. Here are some ideas to turn your game playing habit into cash.

Game testing: Game developers routinely put their products through both in-house testing and testing by members of the public. You can either get hired by a game development company to do in-house testing, or offer up your testing services to developers. Testing jobs for the general public can be hard to come by. Many aren’t advertised so it helps if you are in the industry or know someone who is. You ca


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5 Responses to Play Video Games: Strange Ways to Make Money

  1. Makes me wonder if I was born too late. When I was a kid this would have been a dream job, testing games. I was addicted to several and once remember walking 5 miles on a Saturday to play my favorite pinball game.

  2. Draven says:

    Just thought you’d like to know that selling items or currency in a RPG is highly ILLEGAL, and you can be prosecuted for it.

  3. Baldr says:

    Most of these are pretty bad ways to earn money.

    1. A career in game testing actually requires some education in Quality Assurance now of days. A lot of companies require NDAs for anyone outside the company to test, they don’t pay or require a fee and a lot of the time you don’t get to keep the game unless you plan on buying it.

    2. Going pro is hard work and it doesn’t pay well, only the top 5-10% get good money, the bottom 75% usually spend more money in tournament fees than actual payouts.

    3. This is possibly one of the best option I’ve heard listed on this page. If you sell yourself well I guessing you can make some money, I don’t think it a very good career option.

    4. This is a horrible option. Yes there is a lot of demand, but at the same time is a violation of almost all those online games. World of Warcraft strictly bans this type of activity.

    5. If your a talented writer this is a great start. Most game companies do not hire outside of house, so a lot of writers end up in the game media. You have to have some deep knowledge of the game industry and game mechanics and be able to critic games very well. If you have an established following, it makes it easier to convince game companies to send you demos or actually retail games for free to review on your website. Although it not always true, an education in journalism makes it easier to transition to professional game media organizations.

    6. Making games and publishing them has never been easier. There are ton of good tools and if your game is good enough it’ll get recognized. If you can pull off a good demo and prove yourself you can easily get hired without a formal education. Although it may be rare, it seem to be a more of a possibility especially with the new shift in the industry into social and casual games.

    7. There are much better ways to earn or lose money than to gamble it. Still if your good at these type of games, there are are plenty of idiots who are willing to lose their money at these games.

  4. Jason Wood says:

    Although rare, decent paying game tester jobs are out there. A lot of people think they don’t exist, but they do. You just have to know the right people to get your foot in the door.

  5. vizzle says:

    No you can’t, don’t be a fool. You can get banned for it in the game, but not prosecuted.

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